10 thoughts as Nathaniel Hackett introduces new coaching staff – The Athletic

New Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett officially introduced his team of coordinators and assistants on Tuesday, a task he carried out with his trademark enthusiasm — and also a touch of sarcasm.

“It’s been a long process,” Hackett said of compiling his first staff, which includes only two true remnants — wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni and defensive backs coach Christian Parker — from the tenure. by Vic Fangio. “Some people had to lengthen this thing because they had to continue their season. So we were a little frustrated with that but very excited for them.

Those “certain people,” whom Hackett jokingly rolled his eyes at, are defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, special teams coordinator Dwayne Stukes and defensive line coach Marcus Dixon. All were officially hired last week, days after helping coach the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl win over the Bengals. New offensive coordinator Justin Outten arrived in Denver shortly after Hackett’s first press conference on Feb. 1, but Hackett had to be more patient rounding up the rest of his staff as the Rams progressed through the playoffs.

The wait, he insisted, was worth it.

“Building a great staff is so important to the foundation of what you’re trying to accomplish,” Hackett said. “We took our time, talked to a lot of different people. … We wanted guys with humility because coaches will tell you they know everything, but we don’t. So you are always growing as a coach. Every coach needs to have that growth and change mindset and have a new way of thinking.

“New” is the key word for the Denver coaching staff. Hackett, Outten, and Evero are all stepping into their roles for the first time.